Summer Law School

At the 21st Annual School of Law and Justice Summer Law School (December 2018 - January 2019), students were given the opportunity to enrol in exciting and academically rigorous units at the beautiful Gold Coast campus and at the SAE Byron Bay Campus.

Delivered by internationally recognised experts in their field, these units continued the summer school tradition of offering niche and non-mainstream subjects as part of an exciting and academically rigorous program.

The Summer Law School is ideal for students, lawyers, industry professionals, senior administrators and those requiring knowledge and understanding from the units on offer. Cross-institutional, non-award and international students are particularly welcome.

Legal and other professional practitioners may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Please contact the School of Law and Justice for more information:

2018/2019 - unit availability

LAW10288 Mooting

Session 3, 2018

Intensive dates: 28 November - 1 December 2018 (9.30am - 1.30pm) at the Gold Coast campus 

This unit provides students with the skills in legal research and advocacy necessary to compete in mooting competitions. Students will be eligible to participate in the Jessup International Mooting Competition, if selected. Students will gain expertise in analysing a hypothetical legal problem, legal research and analysis, structuring a legal argument, responding to questions from the bench and persuading the judge. Mooting provide students with experience in teamwork, moot procedure and court etiquette, time management and preparing written submissions.

Presenter: Dr Natalia Szablewska

Dr Szablewska is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice. She is regularly invited to judge at moot court competitions, including the Jessup International Law Moot Court, the Australian Law Students' Association and Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court and the Telders International Law Moot Court. She is School?s Director of Mooting. She is on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Refugee Law (OUP), Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (Brill) and Studies in Public Law (AMU), and a popular blog on international law (Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego).

LAW72007 International Business Negotiations

Session 3, 2018

Intensive dates: 2-5 December 2018 (9.00am - 1.00pm) at the Gold Coast campus

This unit provides students with an introduction to negotiations and transactional legal practice. This unit is structured around a simulated negotiation exercise where students will be actively involved in the international business negotiation process. Students will represent different international companies interested in working together to exploit a new technology. The form of collaboration could be a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long term supply contract.

Presenter: Jay Gary Finkelstein

Jay Finkelstein practices corporate and securities law, offering three decades of experience in international and domestic negotiated transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate structuring, general contractual relationships and general corporate law. Mr. Finkelstein is also a member of the adjunct faculties at Stanford, Berkeley and Georgetown law schools and has been teaching international business negotiations since 2003.

LAW73049 Information Environmentalism

Session 3, 2018

Intensive dates: 2-5 December 2018 (2.00pm - 6.00pm) at the Gold Coast campus

In the 1970s a contemporary governance framework emerged to protect, conserve and maintain the physical environment. In the 21st century there is a need to think about a parallel governance framework to protect, conserve and maintain the ‘information environment’. This unit draws out these parallels with reference to four analytical frameworks: welfare economics, the commons, ecology, and public choice theory. Is privacy violation a type of information pollution? Is it time to start thinking about information national parks? Does ecology, with its focus on managing complexity, help us reach better understandings about how we should interact with the information environment? Do we need a new ‘separation of economic power doctrine’ to decentralise not just political power but also economic power? This unit will explore these questions by fleshing out the interaction between environmental theory and intellectual property rights.

Presenter: Dr Robert Cunningham

Throughout his professional career, Robert has engaged with the law in his capacity as both legal practitioner and academic.

As a legal practitioner his efforts have concentrated on the provision of legal information, court advocacy and education within Community Legal Centres and the not-for-profit sector. He currently practices as a barrister within Murray Chambers, specialising in Federal Court matters with a particular emphasis on corporate law litigation concerning directors' duties, market misconduct, disclosure and corporate contracting. He also works in intellectual property and international trade law. As part of his active interest in public interest advocacy, Robert provides legal advice and court advocacy to not-for-profit organisations and consumer protection advocates.

In academia Robert's pursuits have primarily focused on the manner in which the law interfaces with international trade, sustainability, corporate governance, and information regulation. He has published numerous academic journal articles and books, as both sole-author and co-author, primarily in the fields of corporate law, intellectual property and international trade law.

 Robert is the author of "Information Environmentalism: a governance framework for intellectual property rights" published by Edward Elgar. The book applies analytical frameworks derived from environmental theory to construct a governance framework for the regulation of information in the 21st century. Reviews of this work can be found in the Oxford University Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the Review of European & International Environmental Law. The book was summarily presented at an Australian Digital Alliance Conference at the National Library of Australia and it is also the subject of a presentation by Professor James Boyle from Duke University

Robert has been embedded within various universities as a research scholar including the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University, Australian National University, University of California (Berkley), New York Law School, and Queen Mary College (London).

Along with a PhD from the Australian National University, Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws (Hons), and a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney.

He currently teaches Corporations Law, Corporate Governance, and Professional Responsibility within the Curtin Law School; and International Commercial Law and World Trade Organisation Law at the Ghent Law School in Belgium.

The following units are tentatively scheduled to run during January 2019 at the SAE Byron Bay campus. Further information will be published when available.

LAW10166 - Entertainment Law (9-12 January 2019)

LAW72015 - Law, Film and Ideology (9-12 January 2019)

LAW30002 - Advanced Sport Law (13-16 January 2019)

LAW10472 - International Human Rights (13-16 January 2019)

LAW10207 - Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law (dates TBC)

Further information


Gold Coast campus
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225

SAE Byron Bay Campus


The southern Gold Coast has a large range of accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, motels, home stays, guesthouses, apartments, youth hostels and backpacker inns.

The SAE Byron Bay campus offers purpose built budget accommodation on campus. Booking enquiries and requests can be sent to


Gold Coast: Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located beside the Gold Coast airport.

Byron Bay: The SAE Byron Bay Campus is a 5 minute drive from the Byron Bay CBD, a 30 minute drive from the Ballina/ Byron Gateway airport and 45 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.